Alleged shoplifter gives birth in holding cell of police station

2018-11-08 18:15
Kevin Jones (left), and Fabio Moreira with the little girl they helped deliver at Table View police station on Thursday.(SAPS/Community Medics Facebook)

Kevin Jones (left), and Fabio Moreira with the little girl they helped deliver at Table View police station on Thursday.(SAPS/Community Medics Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A 23-year-old woman, apprehended for alleged shoplifting in Table View, suddenly went into labour in police holding cells on Thursday morning and gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Cape Town police said.

"It was very quick," said Captain Adriana Chandler, on the surprise arrival. 

Chandler said police had been called by a shopping mall over a shoplifting complaint involving the woman. It was not immediately clear what she was alleged to have stolen.

The woman was taken to the police station's holding cells for routine processing. 

Chandler said that, in usual circumstances, if a woman was pregnant, police officers would ask questions about medical requirements while collecting their personal details. 

But in this case, the baby decided otherwise, taking everybody by surprise.

"The woman was very small. The officers could not tell that she was pregnant. She carried very small," said Chandler.

"Her waters broke," said Chandler. "The police rushed to her aid to assist her." 

Officers kept her calm until the arrival of Community Medics CEO Kevin Jones and Fabio Moreira, an advanced life support paramedic volunteer for Community Medics, as well as a department of health metro employee.

Staff at the station bought the baby a few items, and her mother was given a care package from the Victim Support Room. 

After the birth, the baby, all wrapped up in a crocheted blanket, and her mother, were taken to a nearby hospital. 

"Both mom and baby are doing very well," said Chandler. "The mother was also very grateful to everyone who helped her." 

She added that acting station commander Lieutenant Colonel Hendrik Nel had thanked Moreira and Jones for delivering the baby safely. 

The status of the accusation against the woman was not clear yet, but police released her. 

She had not chosen a name for her daughter yet by the time she left for the hospital.

Read more on:    cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.